CAIRO - Islamic State claimed responsibility for a bomb attack that killed at least one person in Komamboga, a Kampala suburb, on Saturday night, the militant group said in a statement posted in an affiliated Telegram channel late on Sunday, October 25.
The group said that some of its members detonated an explosive device in a bar where “members and spies of the Crusader Ugandan government were gathering” in Kampala.
The bomb, packed with nails and shrapnel, targeted Digida pork joint on the outskirts of the capital, police said on Sunday.
Interviewed for this story, police spokesperson Fred Enanga said a team of investigators is still on the ground collecting evidence. He said it was too early to allot or dismiss responsibility because no arrests of suspects have been made at the moment.
“… When we make arrests, we shall then be able to establish the motive of the suspects…” Enanga adds.
Information gathered indicated that three men, disguised as customers, visited the restaurant, placed a polythene bag under a table and left moments before the explosion, police said.
The explosion killed a 20-year-old waitress and injured three people, two of whom were in critical condition, police said, adding that all indications suggest an act of domestic terror.
President Yoweri Museveni said the attack “seems to be a terrorist act”.
Saturday’s terrorist attack in Komamboga comes hot on the heels of recent terror alerts issued by the United Kingdom and French embassies in Uganda. The two embassies urged their nationals to steer clear of crowded places that may be targeted by terrorists.
Ugandan security forces recently accused the rebel Allied Democratic Forces of operating terrorist sleeper cells in Uganda. A fortnight ago, an alleged terrorist with links to ADF identified as Hamid Nsubuga was shot dead during a joint security operation after weeks of being trailing.
It is alleged that Hamid and another colleague under security detention had earlier attempted to bomb mourners at the burial of deceased deputy Inspector General of Police Lt. General Paul Lokech in Pader District and also attempt to assassinate an unidentified high profile citizen in Uganda.
In July 2010 during the finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Uganda was hit by twin bombs that targeted football fans that were watching the FIFA 2010 world cup finals in South Africa. These twin bombings hit Kyadondo Rugby Club and the Ethiopian Restaurant leaving 74 people dead and several injured.
The bombings had been masterminded by Isa Ahmed Luyima and four other compatriots with links to Al Shabaab, a terrorist group based in Somalia.
Isa and compatriots were later sentenced to life in prison by then Justice Alphonse Owiny Dollo under the International Crimes Division of the High Court in Kampala.
Several high-profile people including slain Arua legislator Ibrahim Abiriga, Sheikh Mustapha Bahiga and members of security forces have been gunned down in a manner that has always been linked to acts of terrorism orchestrated by the terrorist sleeper cells with links to ADF operating within Uganda.
Former Chief of Defence Forces and now Cabinet Minister for Works and Transport General Katumba Wamala has been the most recent victim. He narrowly survived being killed in broad daylight by armed assailants who killed his daughter and driver.